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Discoveries and excavations at Tintagel Castle - English Heritage Blog
Discoveries and excavations at Tintagel Castle - English Heritage Blog —
Cornwall  archaeology  history  2016  medieval 
august 2016 by Preoccupations
Marginal Scholarship: the art of using symbols (rather than words) to annotated text - Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis
"In many early medieval books, symbols – not textual notes, images or diagrams – formed the most substantial part of marginalia, items added in the margins of the book. In fact, one of the findings of my research was that in the ninth century, an era called after the ruling dynasty of the times as the Carolingian period, the use of marginal signs was so common that they can be encountered in the majority of manuscripts as a kind of characteristic ‘background hum’. There are not too many and not too elaborate, but they are consistently present, and they always have the same graphic forms and functions, irrespectively of whether we are looking at a book annotated in Carolingian Italy, Germany or France or whether it was produced at the beginning or the end of the ninth century."
marginalia  symbols  medieval  manuscripts  research  2016 
july 2016 by Preoccupations
Beppe Grillo is a wise clown saving Italy with satire, says Dario Fo | World news | The Observer
"For Fo, the key to understanding Grillo is not in 21st-century Italy but in the 13th century, when storytellers – giullari – roamed Italy, entertaining crowds in piazzas with lewd tales interwoven with satirical attacks on local potentates. "In English the equivalent word is 'juggler', but in Italy they juggled with words, irony and sarcasm," says Fo, who has attended Grillo's shows for years. Grillo rose to fame mixing comedy routines with references to political scandals in the towns he was playing in, a straight lift from his medieval peers. "He is from the tradition of the wise storyteller, one who knows how to use surreal fantasy, who can turn situations around, who has the right word for the right moment, who can transfix people when he speaks, even in the rain and the snow," explains Fo. At one rain-soaked pre-election rally in Viterbo, in Lazio, central Italy, Grillo yelled: "Put down your umbrellas, I want to look you in the face." The crowd duly obeyed the comedian's demand. Even the internet-based forums where Grillo's followers argue over policy have their roots in the Middle Ages, argues Fo. He says: "We had extremely democratic town councils in medieval Italy which knew the value of working together and every now and then, down the centuries, this spirit returns." Grillo's focus on the web followed his ejection from Italian state TV in the 1980s after he made fun of corrupt Italian Socialist politicians, a few years before many of them were rounded up during Italy's Clean Hands probe. His TV ban was part of a proud tradition, says Fo. "Nothing has changed since the Emperor Frederick II issued a decree in the 13th century against giullari who criticised power." Fo himself was thrown off state TV in 1951 after he adapted biblical tales as political satire, the start of a series of run-ins with Italy's fascists, communists and the Vatican as his radical theatre group challenged taboos. … Fo draws a parallel between Grillo's Five Star Movement's attack on Italy's privileged political class and the activists he worked with in the late 1960s. "Back then, people were also realising the importance of culture, of schools, and a generation of Italian singer-songwriters were giving voice to that." … The real trap for Grillo, warns Fo, is being beguiled by flattery. Turning again to history, he cites Cola Di Rienzo, the charismatic son of a tavern owner in the 14th century who wooed Romans with his oratory and became the city's leader, setting his sights high and ousting corrupt noble families, only to see his support slip away before he was murdered by a mob as he sought to flee in disguise. "I have seen the glowing press for Grillo and he must be careful not to fall for the adulation, it's a honey-like trap.""
Italy  politics  satire  Guardian  Dario_Fo  activism  medieval  C21st 
march 2013 by Preoccupations
"recursive structure is fundamental to the history of architecture, especially to the gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture of Europe — covering roughly the 500 years between the 13th and 18th centuries. … the recurrence of this phenomenon in art and nature underlines an important aspect of the human sense of beauty. … [the idea of ] Recursive structure … helps us understand the connections between art and technology; helps us see the aesthetic principles that guide the best engineers and technologists, and the ideas of clarity and elegance that underlie every kind of successful design. These ideas have practical implications. For one, technologists must study and understand elegance and beauty as design goals; any serious technology education must include art history. And we reflect, also, on the connection between great art and great technology on the one hand and natural science on the other."
EDGE  2011  David_Gelernter  recursion  fractal  architecture  medieval  Renaissance  technology  art  from delicious
january 2011 by Preoccupations
France Magazine - Languedoc's Circulades
"All circulades date from the same epoch and are around 1,000 years old. As such they are the first examples of urban planning in Europe, pre-dating the grid-patterned bastides by about 200 years. Pawlowski’s 70 or so circulades can be found throughout Languedoc-Roussillon, but there are two distinct clusters, one in the Aude département near Carcassonne and another in the Hérault département around Pézenas."
France  towns  villages  cities  urbanisation  urban_planning  history  medieval  C11th  from delicious
august 2010 by Preoccupations
Bastide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"In an effort to colonize the wilderness especially of southwest France, almost seven hundred new towns were built between 1222 (Cordes-sur-Ciel, Tarn) and 1372 (La Bastide d'Anjou, Tarn)."
bastide  towns  France  new_towns  medieval  history  C13th  C14th  Wikipedia  from delicious
july 2010 by Preoccupations
Medieval Multitasking: Did We Ever Focus? | Culture | Religion Dispatches
"Since the early 1990s, both medievalists & electronic media theorists have pointed to the hypertexted quality of medieval illuminated manuscripts … there were a lot of “distractions” built into a medieval book. … Add to these distractions the fact that medieval books were very often not the single-author volumes familiar to us today. … They were mash-ups … “dispersed texts,” unburdened by the modern fiction of sequential ordering of thought as “natural” or unitary authorship as normative that contributed to Enlightenment understandings of the “focused” mind of the individual thinker. … the physical format of medieval books is not the only way in which they seem familiar to many contemporary users of digital media. Medieval reading as a practice was deeply social. … long after the invention of the printing press, until rather late in the 18th century, reading was a communal affair, with a group of hearers gathering around a reader to engage a book, letter, or other textual production."
culture  hypertext  links  distraction  reading  writing  thinking  medieval  multi-tasking  2010  silent_reading 
july 2010 by Preoccupations
Scriptorium Homepage
"A digital archive of manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books from c. 1450-1720, including research and teaching resources for late medieval and early modern manuscript studies." via
manuscript  commonplace_books  archive  Cambridge  medieval  early_modern  from delicious
june 2010 by Preoccupations
Tom Pettitt: The Gutenberg Parenthesis (pdf)
via Britta. See, and "a useful way of combining the suggestions made from several different perspectives that recent developments associated with the digital media and the internet are a reversion to “medieval” conditions prevailing prior to the rise and dominance of literacy, print and the book"; "the parenthesis is a complex phenomenon also involving the autonomy, originality, independence and integrity of the cultural product, and seems to have been co-terminus with a lot of other enclosure-movements -- cultural, topographical and coproreal"
culture  literacy  history_of_culture  enclosure  medieval  print  PDF 
october 2008 by Preoccupations
foods that were unknown to europe in the middle ages
"This list is of foods that were generally unknown in the Middle Ages."
food  Europe  medieval  cultural_history  via:britta 
march 2008 by Preoccupations
Tim Spence, "The Book of Hours, iPods, Lyrics, and Prayers"
"Using a prayer book or an iPod habituates an individual into a mode of being that links the emotions to a corporate identity that is both omnipresent and invisible". Page may be down; use Google cache
culture  self  identity  Middle_Ages  medieval 
october 2007 by Preoccupations
The Chronicle: 7/6/2007: Knights of the Faculty Lounge
"the medieval approach to storytelling is one that lends itself perfectly to fantasy worlds that can be endlessly constructed, reconstructed, and traversed. ... By contrast, there will probably never be any massive multiplayer online Henry James novels"
literature  narrative  games  medieval  via:britta  2007  story-telling 
august 2007 by Preoccupations
Decameron Web
Brown University collaborative project: "the perfect subject for an experiment in a new form of scholarly and pedagogical communication aimed at renewing a living dialogue between a distant past and our present"
Boccaccio  Decameron  medieval  literature  reference  research  collaboration  history  plague  resources 
march 2007 by Preoccupations
Gabriel Josipovici reviews 'The Spectral Jew: conversion and embodiment in medieval Europe' - TLS
"when another Benedict sits on the papal throne and the secret Other is no longer primarily the Jew but the Muslim, Steven Kruger’s book should be of interest ... to every thinking person, whatever his or her own faith or lack of it"
Josipovici  TLS  book_reviews  Other  theology  history  medieval  outsider  Christianity  Judaism  faith  Gabriel_Josipovici 
february 2007 by Preoccupations
David Munrow - 'By Subscription'
"This website aims to inform and celebrate the work of early music pioneer David Munrow."
music  medieval 
january 2007 by Preoccupations - Early Muslim Control Engineering
"Islamic-Arabic … activity in Science & Technology (9th-13thC) … contributions to the area of Automatic Control … water clocks using float valve regulators, different level controls using float valves or combination of syphons … On-Off control"
history_of_science  technology  history  Islam  science  hardware  control  medieval  engineering 
november 2006 by Preoccupations
Space Between Words: The Origins of Silent Reading - Paul Saenger
"This book explains how a change in writing—the introduction of word separation—led to the development of silent reading during the period from late antiquity to the fifteenth century."
book  reading  writing  history  cultural_history  research  via:migurski  Classical_World  medieval  Middle_Ages 
november 2006 by Preoccupations
University of Wisconsin: History of Science and Technology
"in digital facsimile two categories of primary and secondary publications: writings about scientific research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and unique or valuable titles in science and technology held by the UW-Madison libraries"
books  medieval  science  technology  library 
november 2006 by Preoccupations
Domesday Book | Britain's finest treasure
"Domesday Book is one of our earliest surviving public records, and the foundation document of The National Archives."
England  history  archives  ebooks  medieval 
august 2006 by Preoccupations
University of Michigan Press: The Middle English Compendium
"The University of Michigan Press (UMP) grants the user the following license, which covers access to the Middle English Compendium for the month of June 2006."
dictionary  reference  medieval  English 
june 2006 by Preoccupations
Glossary of medieval & renaissance culinary terms
"This is a listing of culinary definitions for words found in historical recipes. There may be other, non-culinary, definitions that we have not listed here."
reference  medieval  Renaissance  food_and_drink  glossary  dictionary 
june 2006 by Preoccupations
Forme of Cury
"I also have a transcription of this text, thanks to Project Gutenberg. Click on the links below to jump to the appropriate page of the facsimile. Or you can download the entire book at once as a single (large) pdf file."
medieval  recipes  food_and_drink  books 
june 2006 by Preoccupations
"Science in the Catalan culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance"
medieval  Renaissance  science  cultural_history  Spain 
april 2006 by Preoccupations
Frequency 1550 - Waag Society mobile game pilot
"a citygame using mobile phones and GPS-technology for students in the age of 12-14 (so called HAVO+MAVO basic curriculum). It is a research pilot examining whether it's possible to provide a technology supported educational location-based experience"
education  games  urban  psychogeography  medieval  mobile  history  communication  collaboration  research 
december 2005 by Preoccupations
The Online Medieval and Classical Library (DL SunSITE)
"a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization"
books  Europe  medieval  Classical_World  cultural_history  reference  literature 
october 2005 by Preoccupations
Marginalia -- The Website of the Medieval Reading Group
"we intend that this site will evolve into both a useful collection of resources & also a point of contact for medievalists both at Cambridge & around the world who are engaged in the study of medieval English literature, history, culture & thought"
academic  cultural_history  literature  medieval  literary_criticism 
september 2005 by Preoccupations
The Medieval Bestiary
deals with any & all aspects of the general topic "animals in the Middle Ages" … emphasis on manuscript tradition, particularly of the bestiaries, and mostly in western Europe. The subject is vast, so this a large site, with well over 3000 pages
art  medieval  reference  literature  cultural_history  Europe 
july 2005 by Preoccupations
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